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Majestic lakes of Iceland

Majestic lakes of Iceland

Article by Bjorn Olav Jonsson

Iceland has got the advantage or we can the windfall of numerous natural and man-made lakes. All lakes here are absolutely clean and glaciers fed. This is the reason why lakes of Iceland have become one of the most important tourist destinations here. Following is the report of two biggest lakes of Iceland.

LAKE THINGVALLAVATN

This is the largest natural lake of Iceland with an area of mammoth 83.7 square kilometers. Its depth is different at different places. At the deepest point it can be as deep ¬†as 114 meters and at some places it is only 13 meters deep. The greatest length of this lake is 14.5 kilometers and width is 9.5 kilometers. Only river generating from this lake is the sogid river. It is a nineteen kilometer long river famous for its rich salmon content. Olfusa is a tributary which connects this lake to Iceland’s biggest glacier. The average flow going to river sog from this lake is about 108 m3/second. The amazing thing about this lake is the catchment area of this lake is 90 % underground and the temperature of the water is somewhere around three to four degrees Celsius entire year. Fishermen coming here for angling on boats are advised to check for the forecast of the weather before coming as the weather of Iceland changes very fast. It is said that on a windy day, it is impossible to stay in this lake as the water becomes so fierce and stern. This lake is about fifty kilometers far from the capital city of Reykjavik and is open for fishing for public for more than four months i.e. from may 1st to September 15th.

LAKE THORISVATN

This was the second largest natural lake of Iceland until it was refurbished into one of the two biggest basins for the power stations on the river Tungnaa and Thjorsa. Its natural cover area was 70 square kilometers but sometimes it can extend up to 86 square kilometers. The water level of this very beautiful lake is 561 and 578 meters above the sea level. Because of the extension of the water area, the vegetation around this lake has disappeared making the surroundings look very barren and infertile. The water of this lake is crystal clear because the water formed from melting of glaciers is directed to this lake. Its first discharge was named Thorisos but it was dammed and a new discharge channel was made all the way down to the first of the two power stations working here at Sigalda. The place where this discharge channel ends, a new man-made lake was formed and it’s very famous throughout Iceland for its big brown trouts. However, the count of fishermen coming here has dropped dramatically after the changes made by natural movements of the earth.

M√ĹvatnOther than these two lakes, Lake¬†Myvatn¬†is also very famous as a tourist attraction and as a fishing area in Iceland. The number of fishes caught in this lake is more than any other lake in the whole country and fish can be as much as 20 pounds heavy in weight. Its distance from capital city is around 488 kilometers when covered by a whale bay tunnel.

About the Author

Bjorn Olav Jonsson is a freelance writer. For further information visit the website, www.icelandguest.com.

A Brief Tour of Majestic Iceland

A Brief Tour of Majestic Iceland

Article by Bjorn Olav Jonsson

Fríkirkjan um kvöld

Reykjavik, being the capital city of Iceland always stays the centre of attraction among the tourists visiting this small but very beautiful and natural country. All the attractions of the city of Reykjavik are packed within the very small area. The very popular tourist destinations of this city are Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, Asmundasafn and Kjarvalsstadir museum and not to mention the Perlan building which can show you the entire city from the top view.

Another very popular thing connected with Iceland is the golden circle route. It is a very popular tourist route which includes visits to some of the most popular tourism destination of Iceland such as Thingvellir national park, the Geysir area, the Gullfoss, Skalhat and the Kerid.

Thingvellir national park is considered the lap of Iceland’s politics. It was here that Iceland’s politics came into being. At this very place, world’s first parliament came into existence in 930 A.D. Not only because of this reason, but Thingvellir is also very popular as it has very bright historic background and one of the most attractive places in entire Iceland.

Next stop to this golden circle route is the Geysir area. This area is well-known because geo-thermal springs are located here and pulls huge crowd towards themselves. In this part of the world, it appears as if earth is still not fully primed and is boiling. Huge amount of steam swirls above the colorful puddles which are full of mud. This mud is also used for medical purposes. During the peak period of their boil, these geysers can go up to the height of 30 meters.

Next is the Gullfoss in the golden circle. This is not very far from the geysers. One will be amazed to see such a difference in nature in such a short distance. The crystal clear water of river Hvita falls from the height of more than 32 meters into a very narrow canyon. If you are lucky enough to witness this place on a pleasant day in summer season, you can see some outstanding views of rainbows created by the vapors arising from the falling water. In winter season, some areas of this waterfall is frozen which gives huge increase in the beauty of this area.

Next stop Skalhat village holds a very important position in the history of Iceland. This is the place where Icelandic bishops have their royal seat in ancient era. Kerid is the next stop in this golden circle tourism route. It was once a very dangerous looking volcano crater but now, by the courtesy of Mother Nature, it has been converted into a very beautiful underworld lake with the green appearing water.

Other than these very popular sights, Iceland is full of many other surprises for all its guests. There is another route known as the silver circle route which covers the most amazing destinations of western coast. Some of them are Hvalfjordur fjord, which is the biggest in the Iceland, Dieldatunguhver, which is the most powerful geo thermal spring in entire Europe and Reykholt, which is considered as the cultural capital of Iceland.

About the Author

Bjorn Olav Jonsson is a freelance writer. For further information visit the website, www.icelandguest.com.